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The Franklin News-Post
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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Woman appeals child abuse conviction
Kristie Leigh Hodges released on $10,000 bond
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Kristie Leigh Hodges

Monday, March 31, 2014

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Rocky Mount woman, who has appealed her convictions of child abuse and distribution of drugs, was granted a $10,000 bond Thursday.

Kristie Leigh Hodges, 42, was released from jail until a higher court renders its decision on her appeal.

Hodges was convicted in January of felony child abuse and distribution of drugs for giving the 5-year-old girl two medications for which Hodges had a prescription.

Franklin County Circuit Court Judge W.N. Alexander II sentenced Hodges earlier to seven years in prison, but he suspended six years.

Hodges was also sentenced to three years probation, which will include mandatory drug tests and counseling, and ordered to be of good behavior for eight years.

The conditions for her bond include that Hodges must live at the residence of Amy Carter, a longtime friend; take no drugs other than drugs for which she now has a prescription; be supervised by someone from the social services department when she visits the child; and not leave the state.

The bond will be revoked if Hodges violates any of the conditions, Alexander said.

During a dispute with her husband, Hodges took an overdose of medications on April 14, 2013, and gave some of the drugs to her daughter, including Valium and antidepressants, according to prosecutor Patrick Nix. Hodges was taking several medications for the treatment of a mood disorder.

Hodges' husband alerted authorities that Hodges had given the child drugs for the purpose of harming the child, according to Investigator Ashley Norton with the Rocky Mount Police Department.

The child was taken to the hospital, Norton said, where two prescription drugs, Diazepam (Valium) and Amitriptyline (antidepressant), were found in the child's body.

The father now has custody of the child, Nix said.

Hodges was indicted by a grand jury in June 2013 on charges of maliciously causing bodily injury to the child; permitting the life of the child to be endangered; showing reckless disregard for human life; distribution of Diazepam; and distribution of Amitriptyline.

All the charges except child abuse and distribution were dismissed during her trial.

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